Aerospace Innovation Center to be built in Atlantic County, NJ

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New York Construction Report staff writer

The Aerospace Innovation Center (AIC) being built in Atlantic County, will be the fifth SIC in New Jersey and the first with a focus on aerospace innovation.

Located in the National Aerospace Research and Technology Park (NARTP) in Egg Harbor Township, the AIC will provide aerospace research spaces, high-speed connectivity to the FAA William J. Hughes Center for Advanced Aerospace data systems and laboratories, and co-working and studio spaces that are ideal for collaboration and innovation.

It will be the second of seven planned buildings constructed within the aerospace innovation hub. Building One first opened in June 2019 and achieved full occupancy in January 2020.

“As the state’s fifth Strategic Innovation Center, the Aerospace Innovation Center will give budding students and entrepreneurs access to state-of-the-art equipment and opportunities to collaborate with experts in the field,” said Governor Phil Murphy. “This exciting venture solidifies New Jersey as the place to be when it comes to innovation and research.”

The NJEDA and ACIA have signed a non-binding letter of intent to form a two-member limited liability company which will plan, develop, construct, and manage the innovation hub.

ACIA, in partnership with the NARTP and Atlantic County Economic Alliance (ACEA), will contribute $10.5 million dollars in funding to construct the innovation center, while the NJEDA will invest $8 million.

Construction for the innovation center is underway and is expected to be completed in October 2025.

“Governor Murphy is committed to growing New Jersey’s innovation economy by investing in diverse industries and providing entrepreneurs with access to the resources needed to grow and scale their business,” NJEDA Chief Executive Officer Tim Sullivan said in a statement. “Powered by NJEDA’s Strategic Innovation Center program, and paired with Atlantic County’s deeps roots in aerospace, the Aerospace Innovation Center will drive the creation of new technologies that in turn will create jobs and support long-term, sustainable economic growth across the state.”

The AIC intends to partner with New Jersey institutions of higher education, including Stockton University, Rowan University, and Rutgers School of Engineering. The AIC also intends to partner with world-class aeronautical institutions such as Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University and the National Institute of Aerospace, offering aerospace students hands-on experiences to train within their field.

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